Saturday, April 15, 2006


Pull the cork and you will find written on it:

bogle [n.][Scottish origin]
A friendly spirit;
a phantom

This haunting bottle from California has a beautiful, black, ethereal label and an intense red blend inside it. Aged 20 months in American Oak, it is made from an uncommon mix of 59% Petite Sirah, 39% Zinfadel, and 2% Mourvedre. It retails for around $16.


This is big structured wine. It is purple-red in color and has a nose of strawberry/blackberry. There is quite a bit of heat on the finish, but not enough to make it unapproachable. I know I often shy away from wines when I read reviews that indicate "heat," so let me be clear. It really isn't too much of a detriment to the wine. The wine also attacks the palate with tremendous acidity and will benefit from aging.

The flavors that haunt this wine are cherry, eucalyptus and wine barrel planter pot. If you've ever been to a garden store where they sell old wine barrels as planters, you know what I'm talking about. It is the taste of that delicious must from wine soaked wood. Since this wine is young, I let it sit out overnight without the cork and tasted it again the next day. After about 12 hours, it had really opened up and a lot of the heat went away. I could also cleary taste a hint of cinnamon on the finish which was absent the previous day.


88 PTS
This is a terrific effort although I held back my score a bit because this is a young wine. This could very well be a 90 point wine with a few years of cellaring, but you never know how a wine will develop in the bottle. I also know that most people will buy a wine like this and drink it right away. For a wine that was nearly 60% Petite Sirah, I was a bit disappointed it wasn't more inky in color. This wine deserves more than a ghost of a chance, but it needs a year or two to mellow out.


  • We are great fans of Phantom but have noticed major variation bottle to bottle...just opened two 2004 vintage bottles...first was harsh and acidic, second was luscious.
    Perhaps aging is the answer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, August 27, 2007 3:15:00 PM  

  • We've collected these for years, they certainly need time. It's good to start drinking the 2002 year now, and the '03 needs at least 2-5 more years for full growth. The '02 is delicious now, though, certainly above 90, IMHO....

    By Anonymous Jaimee, at Monday, July 07, 2008 4:19:00 PM  

  • We just opened our bottle tonight, after guests brought up a Bogle 2006 Petite Sirah that we opened last night. Side by side, the '03 blend is much better. Lately I'm more of a Zin fan, though Shiraz/Sirah is number 2 or 3 on the list. This is a wine that I've kept around for a few years. It was great opening it tonight, with hints of several things.

    By Anonymous Aaron Daniel, at Saturday, April 30, 2011 11:55:00 PM  

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